According to a New York Post article on Friday, the Internal Revenue Service didn’t only overreach its hands of scrutiny to the conservative political groups in 2012 when requesting mounds of information to classify certain groups as tax-exempt, the governmental agency is now being accused of also targeting individual taxpayers who opposed President Barack Obama or who have been supportive of conservative causes.
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Political activists, it is now being reported, who requested the 501(c)(4) taxation status which gives the tax break have been unfairly and excessively scrutinized during the governmental process.
The Wall Street Journal also made the assertion on Thursday when it was reported that there is a second dimension to the IRS scandal in which conservatives believe that the IRS’s audits of political activists who opposed the Obama administration were overzealous. The Wall Street Journal’s report cites four incidents in which conservatives were treated differently than the norm in the auditing process, and it suggests that there were many more cases.
Case in point, Frank Vander Sloot, his business, and his wife were all audited by the IRS for the first time after Vander Sloot donated in excess of $1 million to the Mitt Romney campaign for president. Vander Sloot was audited for the first time ever last June.
Additionally, Hal Scherz, a doctor from Georgia, claims that even though nothing had changed on his federal income tax return, he was audited after going public with his criticism of President Barack Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” which is commonly referred to as Obamacare.
It is also believed that Billy Graham was targeted during the recent election cycle. Similar stories which give the strong appearance that conservatives were targeted are coming in quickly. It is believed that hundreds of thousands of Mitt Romney voters have been selected for audits in 2012, according to the report.
Those opposed to the reliability of the claim say that voting is private and that a person’s political preference has nothing to do with who gets audited. Data shows that persons who make the most money in the country are among the highest group of persons getting audited. There are approximately 1.5 million audits annually, and 12%
The fact that Ms. Noonan has identified four conservatives from that group of thousands provides no evidence at all toward her hypothesis. Nor would it tell us very much if dozens or even hundreds of conservative activists disclosed that they had been audited. This is exactly what you would expect in a country where there are 1.5 million audits every year. Some 12 percent of individuals who made more than $1 million in 2012 were audited.